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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will list decisions by the schools adjudicator in respect of published admission numbers where the recommendation of the local education authority has been rejected in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) local education authority and (b) reasons for the decision. 
Jacqui Smith: Adjudicators are independent of the Department for Education and Skills. Details of the decisions they have made are published each year by the Office of the Schools Adjudicator in their Annual Report. Copies, for each year since the office was created in April 1999, have been placed in the House Library. All adjudicator decisions can be read in full on the school adjudicator website at www.schoolsadjudicator.gov.uk
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what capital funding is available to
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schools for 200607; and how much of that funding is accounted for by (a) devolved capital expenditure, (b) Building Schools for the Future funding and (c) specific capital programmes. 
|Devolved formula capital||1,000|
|Buildings Schools for the Future||2,177|
|Specific Capital Programmes:|
|Voluntary aided schools||444|
|School access initiative||84|
|Targeted capital fund||300|
|LSC 16 to 19 joint budget contribution||70|
We are also consulting on building and design guidance for special schools, which will apply to Building Schools for the Future and other programmes. This is an update of non-statutory design guidance in the new draft Building Bulletin 77: Designing for Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, which was issued on the website for public consultation between 1 April 200524 June 2005.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate she has made of the cost of building (a) a special school and (b) a mainstream school under the Building Schools for the Future programme. 
The cost of a school will depend on the number of pupils and their needs which will vary locally in each case. As an example, under Building Schools for the future programme, an estimated cost for an average 900 place mainstream secondary school without a sixth form may be approximately £15 million gross cost and an estimated cost for an average 72 place special school for pupils with severe complex needs may be £7.5 million gross cost. These cost estimates are current and are based on DfES cost data averaged across a range of schools. They include for furniture, fittings ICT and equipment, professional fees, an average location factor and an allowance for abnormal costs e.g for site works. The costs for the mainstream secondary school are based on the agreed basic net cost rates per square metre of £1,224/m 2 . The cost rate used for the special school for pupils with severe and complex needs is the proposed rate of £1,554/m 2 and is subject to the public consultation of the draft improved building standards in
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Building Bulletin 77. These proposed standards and their costs will apply equally to BSF and other school projects. It must be emphasised that costs will vary greatly across the country and will increase substantially in certain locations.
Jacqui Smith: An additional £650 million was promised in the last Budget in respect of capital work on primary schools, to be allocated in the financial years 200809 and 200910. This is in support of the Government's aim that half of the primary stock will be rebuilt or refurbished over a 15 year period. Details will be announced in late 2005.
Jacqui Smith: Revenue expenditure figures on the maintenance and improvement of schools are likely to vary from year to year depending on the unique circumstances of a particular LEA. For example, revenue expenditure will increase in years where there have been adverse weather conditions (e.g. repairing storm damage) and is also likely to vary with the number and age of the school buildings within the LEA. Revenue expenditure will also be affected by the amounts of capital expenditure employed at a school. Capital spending in Gloucestershire LEA on school buildings has increased from £7.95 million in 199798 to £36.78 million in 200405.
Jacqui Smith: We strongly support the expansion of successful and popular schools where they believe they can sustain their quality. We have therefore provided that all schools may publish their own proposals to expand, and introduced a presumption that proposals by successful and popular schools should be approved so that as many parents as possible are able to gain a place for their child at the school of their choice. In addition, successful and popular secondary schools may apply direct to the Department for a contribution to the capital cost of any necessary building work. If the balance of funding is not available from other sources, the Department may fund the full cost, which may be recouped from the local authority.
We have also consulted on proposals to speed up the expansion process for secondary schools, and give them a right of appeal to the Schools Adjudicator if their proposals are rejected by the local School Organisation Committee.
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